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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard reportedly could return vs. Suns

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The long-awaited return of Kawhi Leonard could occur on Saturday, Dec. 9, when the San Antonio Spurs face the Phoenix Suns.

The San Antonio Spurs played the first 25 games without Kawhi Leonard, with a record of 17-8. This included Wednesday’s 117-105 victory over the Miami Heat. Leonard didn’t play in the preseason, either, and last appeared on the court in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals.

The Klaw recently spoke about his impending return, signaling that the rehab process was almost over. He didn’t provide a specific date, however.

On Thursday, Leonard’s timetable received some clarity. According to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs’ superstar will be re-evaluated on Friday. “If all goes well,” as Young said, the 26-year-old could return for Saturday’s game at the Phoenix Suns.

This could be the conclusion to the saga of Leonard’s injury, which started before the Silver and Black Scrimmage in September. He was announced to have a quad injury. Although the organization never revealed its severity or how the ailment occurred. Head coach Gregg Popovich kept things quiet, too.

Well, this could all be put aside on Saturday, when the Spurs take the court to face the Suns. If Leonard gets cleared by the training staff and Popovich, he’ll join a team that’s third in the Western Conference. It’s one spot lower than they finished with the San Diego State product in the 2016-17 season, which resulted in a Western Conference Finals appearance.

Without Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge has endured a bounce-back season. He leads the team in points and rebounds, while playing in a form last seen on the Portland Trail Blazers. Danny Green, Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol and Bryn Forbes picked up the slack as well, contributing to the start of a potentially successful season.

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So, are you excited to see Leonard back soon, maybe this weekend?

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